The Singapore Grand Prix has been a landmark stop in the prestigious FIA Formula One World Championship calendar for the past decade, highlighting an immensely trying street circuit set against the nightlights of the cityscape. Each year, Ferrari has been conspicuously present in the main Formula 1 races and, for the last two consecutive years, as a support race with the annual one- make race series, the Ferrari Challenge.
Marking the start to this season of nail-biting races, Ferrari held their annual Formula 1 & Ferrari Challenge Party at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia on 13 September, kicking off the Singapore-leg of the exhilarating 2018 Formula One Singapore Grand Prix races. In true Ferrari fashion, no detail was spared in the guest reception, with tantalising treats and endless libations served assiduously. Conversations fuelled by a unifying passion for speed flowed over gastronomical delights, lubricated by a bubbly in hand.
Mr Dieter Knechtel, CEO of Ferrari Far & Middle East, open the night’s festivities with a warm address to rousing applause.
After a gracious introduction, Mr Maurizio Arrivabene, announced the guest appearance of Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen. He answered the burning questions of Ferrari fans, scarcely concealing his excitement to be back in Singapore for the races, and promised all present that he would apply every effort to excel in his upcoming races.
That night, Ferrari also unveiled the 488 Pista in Singapore for the first time. The elegant venue was lit up in blinding lights as the literal veil was lifted by Räikkönen and Arrivabene, spotlighting the sleek curves of the beautiful car. The 488 Pista in Rosso Corsa sat boldly atop the pool, emanating a beguiling charm as it silently invited the guests to draw close to capture a picture for posterity.
The night closed with delighted guests entertained by the music of the DJ, indulging in the celebration of Ferrari, the start of Formula 1 season in Singapore, and the electric races to come. With Ferrari in the game, the ultimate driving force meets a need for speed and luxury in the world of competitive racing. The powerful brand truly encapsulates a passion for life and captures the epitome of Italian excellence.